oh okay one last thing before I get off the internet–
I’ve been thinking lately about tumblr, and how its mostly-female users appeal to over-the-top emotional language (e.g., my feels, i can’t, cries, ARGH, and variants thereof.)
And it’s interesting, because most of us exist in societies that see excessive emotion as worthy of ridicule, an indication of irrationality, and “hysteric.” Feelings have become feminized, and what is feminine is deviant, Other, lesser. Pathos used to be a valid argumentative strategy–now, an argument rooted in emotion isn’t just bad, it’s invalid. And what is invalid can be dismissed without thought. (It’s unworthy of thought.)
But on tumblr, emotion is linked to power. Explicitly so. Feels can kill, feels can hurt, feels drive the creation of graphics/meta/fic and fierce battles over canonicity or interpretations. Feels are the currency with which you buy your right to fannishness.
Our reaction to a society that dismisses emotion as baseless is to crank that shit up to eleven and make it the gate through which you must pass to enter the community.
Please, all I ask is that you don’t use a persons death as an opportunity to try to be clever or funny. You’re not shocking, you’re being an asshole. It’s not a time to stand on your soapbox about what may have killed them. You can’t pretend to understand someone’s situation who you’ve never known or met. It’s natural to remember that they were a part of something unfinished but it’s not the time to whine about what will happen now. Just be nice. Be respectful. It’s that easy.
people avoiding the blurrface vine account for a reason and we don’t need it being on every social media. it’s coool if you watched it, but sharing it to tumblr/twitter might make those who are really scared right now get off the internet when really we are all scared and kind of need support right now.
if you watch the vines, fine. if you haven’t, fine.